Arrest of six wildlife poachers operating in Corbett and Rajaji National Parks

Six poachers operating out of Uttarakhand and active in Corbett and Rajaji National Parks have been arrested by a joint operation between Police and the Uttarakhand Forest department. Leopard pelts, big cat bones, ivory and firearms have been seized. The arrests include habitual offenders and one among them admitted to supplying a tiger skin and bones of three tigers to a man in Dharchula last year. Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) points out that a poaching nexus of Gujjars and members of Bawaria and Kajar tribes are active in these two national parks. Lack of monitoring of human movement in these parks is alleged.

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